Post-Postscript and the Coming War for Free and Fair Elections

One final comment: You'll note I did not mention what government I thought we're living in, if Democracy did indeed fall in May as I've posited. If not democracy, Rousseau, then what? My omission was deliberate; the answer is: I don't know. It's neither yet an autocracy nor an authoritarian state in any of it's … Continue reading Post-Postscript and the Coming War for Free and Fair Elections

The Day Democracy Fell – Part II: The GOP Obscenity

          On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, democracy fell in the United States. Into what exactly, well, that's not entirely clear. But then, that's much the way these things go, I understand. In any event, our chosen form of government crossed over a line, and we are presently somewhere along the spectrum heading down towards … Continue reading The Day Democracy Fell – Part II: The GOP Obscenity

The Day Democracy Fell – Part I: Firing James Comey

MSNBC has devoted an entire day's broadcast to 'puzzling out' the reason Trump fired Comey. And apparently it's still an open question. JFC. — Atticus West (@AtticusWest) May 10, 2017 Mark your calendar. Yesterday was May 10, 2017. The day democracy fell. Unfortunately, before we can even discuss the import of yesterday, we have to dispose … Continue reading The Day Democracy Fell – Part I: Firing James Comey

A Familiar Refrain: Duterte, Trump, Autocracy and the Other

Donald Trump’s enthusiastic embrace this week of authoritarian dictators around the world spiked sufficiently to break into mainstream news media’s consciousness, but it’s really nothing new. It’s more of a continuation of a theme that pre-dates the election. This embrace extends beyond his bizarre and well-documented love of all things Vladimir Putin – his continuing … Continue reading A Familiar Refrain: Duterte, Trump, Autocracy and the Other

Statement on Sanctuary Cities Ruling (Revised)

The White House yesterday released a hostile, combative, ill-informed statement regarding the recent federal court ruling re Sanctuary Cities. Here is the full text of the original White House Statement, followed by a few proposed revisions and comments: Original White House Statement: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 25, 2017 Statement … Continue reading Statement on Sanctuary Cities Ruling (Revised)

Mitch McConnell and the Demise of the Two-Party System

‪ History will record that Mitch McConnell presided over the demise of the two-party system in America. McConnell's vile, bare-knuckle, partisan tactic, the one that successfully achieved its intended aim of stealing a Supreme Court seat, signals the end of the 2-party system in the United States.‬ Going forward, Dems, progressives and other non-fascists, should … Continue reading Mitch McConnell and the Demise of the Two-Party System

State of the Union – A Tweet Storm

Part I - The Trio of Terribles In Trump, corruption and incompetence merge with malevolent intent to appear as some grand design. A trio of terribles, ravaging in synch. 1/ Part of this troika is illusory, though. Most of it. It is not all some masterminded grand design. Much is simply chaos pulling in synch. … Continue reading State of the Union – A Tweet Storm